Floor Tile Tips From A Home Remodeling Contractor

As a home remodeling contractor we have ordered hundreds of thousands of linear feet of tile.  If you are planning a remodel then we have some tips to for you to consider before you select and purchase your tile.  Yes, tile selection and tile purchase are two separate topics believe it or not!  Following these simple suggestions can make a huge difference in how your remodeling project turns out.

Location of flooring

Consider the location of where you will be installing the tile floor.  Is it space which is consistently near water, oil, or grease?  If so, you would be wise to avoid smooth or high gloss ceramic or porcelain tiles which will become dangerous in that type of setting.  We recently remodeled the front of a home where the owner had installed smooth ceramic tile in the entry way of the home.  Every time it rained or the sprinklers went off the homeowner nearly broke her neck.

Floor Tile by Product Type

Travertine, Marble, Slate, Ceramic, Porcelain, Faux Wood, Quartzite, Granite, Stone and Pebbles, Onyx, Cement – those are enough different types of tile to make your head swim.  Each product has pros and cons so you will want to research them to determine what product type works best for your home.  What do we mean by that? Each product type has different maintenance and cleaning requirements so before you purchase, make sure you are comfortable with how to properly care for your new tile.  Also, take the time to research durability, stain resistance, water absorption, matte finish options, and through-body color (in the event you chip the tile in the future).

Size of space being remodeled

If you are working with a home remodeling contractor ask their advice about what size tile you should purchase.  Tile flooring comes in different sizes starting at 1″ squares and increasing in size to 24″ squares.  Larger tiles can make a small room look larger and can keep a large area seem less busy.  Alternatively you can opt for plank tile which can add depth and texture to your space.

Tile Setters - Flooring Contractor San Marcos CAPattern options

There are dozens of different flooring pattern options for you to choose from.  Visually, tiles set in a diagonal pattern will give an optical illusion of the space being larger than it actually is.  You may want to consider adding a mosaic if you have a large space.  It is critical you make this decision before you actually purchase your tile so you can order the property quantity of tiles.  As you research your options, we feel the need to share with you that intricate patterns will likely increase the cost of installation.  If you are working a home remodeling contractor, we suggest considering the different patterns available to you.  If you are paying for a beautiful space and you are not the one installing it, why not take advantage of the professionals and get something that no one else has?

Getting measurements

When it comes time to purchase your floor tiles we can not stress enough – take proper measurements of your space.  Take the measurements and then re-take them.  In fact, take them a 3rd time for good measure.  One of the best things about hiring a home remodeling contractor is they are responsible for the measurements.  If you can’t tell, proper measurements are critical!  There are tons of tile calculators online, use them or give the measurements to the sales rep when you purchase the tiles.

Purchasing the tile

Find out from the retailer if they will allow for refunds for unused tile or unopened boxes because you want to order MORE tile than you need.  A safe bet is to order 15-20% more tile than you need.  If you do not use it all – great – return it.  Better yet, save it because if you break a tile and need to replace it the chances of you purchasing that same tile and having it match 100% are nil, none, nada.  Even if you measure three times, there is a chance you may have .miscalculated.

Home Remodeling Contractor Tip

Do NOT buy cheap tile.  If you buy cheap tile you are going to notice it once it is installed.  If you do purchase cheap tile then make sure you have larger grout lines.  Consequences of buying cheap tile include having edges which will not be smooth. Cheap tile is prone to moisture, cracks, and fading problems.  Trust us when we say you can not afford cheap, it is just not worth it.

If you are ready to speak with a home remodeling contractor about a project you are considering in San Marcos CA, call today 858-224-7373 to schedule a free consultation.

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3 Tips for planning a whole house remodel

Classic Home Improvements is proud to offer San Diego whole house remodeling services. Many times when customers are looking to build an addition to the house, they end up remodeling the whole house.  Remodeling is similar to pulling on a string on your sweater.  As soon as you pull the string the whole shirt starts to unravel.  In remodeling, once you upgrade one portion of the house, you start wanting to remodel the adjacent space.  Here are some tips on where to start when planning a whole house remodel:

Contact a San Diego Whole House Remodeling Contractor

San Diego Whole House Remodeling contractors are typically Design Build firms, which are different from the type of remodeling companies you would reach out to for a basic kitchen or bathroom remodel.  Design Build companies help you from concept to design and through construction.  Most San Diego whole house remodeling contractors have great reputations because they have been in construction their whole careers.  This means they have processes and procedures in place to ensure your project will be completed on time and on budget.

Architect Versus Design-Build

Some homeowners assume they have to start with an architect or a designer when planning a San Diego whole house remodeling project.  Learn the difference between working with an architect versus design-build firm.

Note:  A contractor who says they can not help you until you have worked with an architect is NOT a design build firm.

Another important note:  If you sign a design agreement, you have essentially decided that you are going to use that contractor for their construction services if you decide to move forward with the project.  Read up on the difference between an estimate and a design agreement so you understand the difference before meeting with your contractors.

Research the pros and cons of living in the home during the remodeI

You are making a plethora of decisions about style and design and spending a small fortune when remodeling a whole house.  On top of that, construction incredibly dirty, dusty, and smelly.  There is no way around it.  There may be times you are without water or electricity.  On top of that, construction is noisy.

A whole house remodel will not be completed in 4 weeks like a simple remodel.  Your San Diego whole house remodeling project can take anywhere from 4 months to 12 months, depending on the complexity of the project.  That can be incredibly stressful and may affect your family and work life negatively.  So for the love of Pete, spend some time considering the pros and cons of living elsewhere during your remodel.

 

Before you reach out to a San Diego Whole House Remodeling Contractor, check out some images of a recently completed project by Classic Home Improvements in Scripps Ranch (and then give us a call! 858-224-7373).  We are a design build firm, although we are happy to provide an estimate to build your remodel if you have already reached out to an architect or designer.

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Kitchen Appliances You Must Include In Your New Kitchen

When homeowners hire us to complete their kitchen remodel, they frequently ask if they should go out and buy their appliances.  Our suggestions is to select appliances but not purchase them until we have had an opportunity to ensure the selection will work within the kitchen design.  As a San Marcos kitchen remodel contractor, here is a quick introduction to the different types of kitchen appliances you will be exposed to in the local showrooms.

Ranges

Kitchen Range - San Marcos Kitchen Remodeling Company

Ranges are a necessity in the kitchen but do you settle for something simple or something that says you are a pro chef in the kitchen? There are so many ranges to choose from, there are standard slide-in freestanding, stainless steel, commercial-style and vintage cast iron ranges. Depending on your style of the remodel pick something you will love and what will work with your design.  Tip:  ask your San Marcos kitchen remodel contractor if you need to select a gas or electric range.

Ovens

Oven Below Cooktop - Kitchen Remodeling San Marcos CA

In kitchen remodels we have stopped seeing the average ovens and cooktop combo and are seeing cooktops in one area and ovens in a wall. Separating the two is great because it opens the doors to many possibilities. Double ovens, wall ovens, warming drawers and steam ovens can all be added to your kitchen remodel, or just the one ones you really one.

Cooktops

Double Oven Microwave on Top - San Marcos Kitchen Remodeler

Having a separate cooktop allows you to have more room to cook around the kitchen. Don’t be disrupted during a task to move out of the way to put something in the oven. Keeping everything separate is convenient way of cooking. You have individual space and you keep your cooking and baking separate.

Refrigerators

Modern Refrigerator - Custom Kitchen Remodel Contractor San Marcos CA

Refrigerators are a big part of your kitchen so picking the right refrigerator can be a unique experience. It is very easy to go overboard on your refrigerator selection. Make sure you pick a fridge that was everything you need and works for all your needs. Some fridges have bottom-freezer built-in to the refrigerator perfect for storing lots of items.  Tip:  ask your San Marcos kitchen remodel contractor if they have preferred vendors in town, you might be able to save some money on your purchase!

Microwaves

Modern Appliances - Kitchen Renovation San Marcos CAMicrowaves are starting to look trendy in new kitchens. Some are built in and some are countertop versions. Typically, in new remodels we tend to see more built in microwaves. Built ins are microwaves that are installed in a cabinet and has custom fitting and kits. These can be located and placed in various parts of the kitchen. Some are over the stove or on top of a build in oven. Others are built into the island with a microwave drawer installed instead of a typical microwave. If none of these are your style a stand countertop microwave can work just the same.

Wine refrigerators

Love wine but not a wine connoisseur? No problem wine refrigerators are starting to pop up more and more in kitchen remodels. Wine refrigerators come with single or dual refrigeration. No depending on what types of wine you want to store, the type of refrigeration is important. A single-zone fridge works well if you are storing one type of wine. Dual-zone refrigerators allows you to store multiple types of wine in the same refrigerator. So your love for wine can impact the cost and size of your next wine refrigerator!

We know remodeling a kitchen is a tough process but that is why we suggest reaching out to a San Marcos kitchen remodel contractor before you go out and purchase anything.  Make sure you select your appliances and review with your contractor before making the purchase. Knowing the sizes and type of appliances you are putting in the new kitchen will help alleviate any headache for the cabinet company or installer and can save you money in the long run.

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Do I need a permit to remodel my kitchen?

As a San Diego remodeling contractor, we obviously do a lot of kitchen renovations.  When we meet with homeowners regarding their upcoming kitchen remodel, many consumers will ask whether or not they need a permit from the city.  Sometimes they will ask us what the process is for obtaining a permit. Other times homeowners will ask how long the permit process will take.  Here is some general information about permits for remodeling your kitchen.

Lets start with what permits are and why they are important because everyone loves to hate permits.  Basically, permits are a way for the city to regulate construction.  Not just a way for the city to collect fees, permits are used to govern safety and ensure energy conservation.  I can promise you your contractor loves permits just as  much as you do.  Let’s face it, no one wants to be babysat which is what the permits do, and no one likes delays, which is what permits cause.

The real question everyone wants answered is whether or not they need a permit for their kitchen remodel.  The quick answer is: only if you are moving or adding plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or walls within the home.  So if you are refinishing your cabinets – you will not need a permit.  If you are removing cabinetry and replacing cabinetry in the same location – you will not need a permit.  If you aren’t sure – when you interview kitchen remodel contractors, ask them because they had better know the answer!

There are a few different types of permits.  One type of permit is trade-specific (electrical, plumbing, or mechanical). So if you have decided to run some electrical to add some new outlets or install new lights, you would need to submit approval for an electrical permit.  If you wanted to add plumbing to your island so you could have a vegetable sink – you would need a plumbing permit.  The other type of permit is a building permit.  So if you were going to remove a wall, you would need a building permit.  If you were moving a wall and doing electrical and plumbing work, you would need a building permit plus a permit for each trade which will require a full set of plans rather than a line drawing strictly for the trade you will be affecting

So how you do get a permit?  There is a process which is why everyone dreads having to obtain permits.  You will need to have a qualified person, usually a draftsman, measure out your property and create a set of “as-built” drawings which will show how the home is currently built. From that set of plans you will create a set of plans for how you will remodel the house.  When you submit the plan to be reviewed, there are times when the city will have special zones review the plans before you are approved for the permit.  For example, if you live near the airport you may need to have the plans reviewed by the FAA.  If the plans need to be reviewed by a special zone, the city will arrange for that.  Your contractor should be very aware of the permit process and have solutions for how to go about getting your permit so you can build your kitchen remodel.

When you are planning your kitchen renovation, be sure to take some time understanding kitchen remodel timelines and how that relates to hiring a contractor and/or getting permits.  Once you have your permit, which takes typically 4-6 weeks, you will need to have the home inspected as you build the project.  Since you are likely working with a remodeling contractor, your contractor will call for inspections.  Inspections also delay the project because you have to a) schedule the appointment and stop work until the inspection is approved and b) if there is anything the inspector does not like then he will fail the inspection and your contractor will need to fix it and call for a second inspection on a different day.

No one truly enjoys the permit process.  We suspect even the inspectors dread them.  They process does ensure your remodel will be completed safely and to code.  If you need more information about San Diego permits for your kitchen remodel, visit the City of San Diego development services website.

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Wainscoting Ideas For Your Bathroom

Wainscoting… you have heard the term but do you know what it is?  This method was once used to protect the bottom half of walls from dirt and damage to plaster walls and exposed wall. Wainscoting has evolved into a remodeling style and is done with various materials.  Here are some ideas on how to pull off a wainscoting style in your bathroom.

Bead board

Bead board is a popular choice in bathroom remodels. Bead board looks great when a free standing tub and pedestal sinks are in the bathroom. It gives the bathroom an overall vintage look. It dresses up the area and has a warming effect. Think of wainscoting as elegant armor for your walls.  Bead board is a great cost-effective alternative to tile.

Subway Tile

Subway Tile Wainscoting - General Contractor San Diego

Subway tile is a very decorate and functional way of creating a unique design. The great thing about wainscoting is that it acts like a backsplash or tub surround in bathrooms. The various options of tile that can be used for your bathroom is endless. Try Carrara marble subway tile for an upscale elegant look or glass subway tile of a bright and bold color. Even white classic subway tile can look classy and elegant.

Paneling

Paneling is a great way to give your home a nice warm look and give your walls an elegant feel.  Paneling can be done with various wood designs. One way of making paneling work if you paired a wood paneling you love and add crown molding to your ceiling as well. The two working together in one room can add some definition to your room and also make it look very elegant.

Paneling and wallpaper

Bathroom Paneling with Wallpaper - San Diego Home Renovations

Wainscoting with paneling and wallpaper is also another fun way of adding a decorative flare to a room. Pick a fantastic panel you love along with your favorite wallpaper print and the combination. This gives your room an elegant look along with a pop of creative flare.

Barnwood

Barnwood Wainscoting - San Diego General Contractor

Want a unique rustic look? Try barn wood. Barn wood as wainscoting can look fantastic and really give your home an elegant rustic feel.

Metal paneling

steel-paneling

Imagine giving the ultimate man cave a unique masculine look, try metal. Metal is a sharp material but can look fantastic with wood rimming.

Wainscoting works in various rooms of your home, living rooms, hallways, foyers, and laundry rooms. Depending on the look you want to achieve, it can be done with various materials types of woods, tiles, ect. Your house and walls will thank you in the long run for protecting the walls with such stylish options.

 

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How much does it cost to build an addition?

How much does it cost to build an addition and what do you need to consider when pondering building an addition?  Homeowners in San Diego seem to be electing to stay in their home and expand by adding a room addition rather than move.  The market changes frequently and we do not know how long this trend will stick around, but for right now the “thing to do” seems to be building an addition.  Here are some tips for what you need to consider when trying to determine how much it will cost to build an addition.

Decide if you want a first floor or second floor addition

First, there are more than a dozen options for building an addition so the first question should not be how much does an addition cost, but what type of room addition do you want to build?  Let’s talk about first floor versus second floor.  If you want to save money, add on to your first floor. A second story home addition is going to cost you significantly more money and it will take much longer to complete.  We recently submitted a second story addition to the City of San Diego for permits and let me tell you – there are things you haven’t even considered which could cause a delay in permits for a second story addition.  Live near an airport?  The FAA may need to review your building plan.  Live near the coast?  Expect the city to take extra time to review that one too; your neighbors won’t want you disrupting their view.

How will your home addition affect other parts of the house

Next,  will you be remodeling other parts of the home as well?  Many home additions end up with alterations to the rest of the house as well.  We recently completed a home addition which included expanding two bedrooms and adding a bathroom while relocating the laundry room. That is a much different home addition than adding an office or expanding a kitchen.

Decide if you are going to add a bathroom or laundry area

Small Bathroom - Room Addition Contractors San DiegoWill you be adding a bathroom?  The cost to build an addition with a bathroom will fluctuate based on what you include.  For example:  will you have two sinks or one, will you add a bidet?  Will you have a free standing tub or a large shower?  The type of fixtures and finishes you select can significantly sway the pricing for the addition as well.  Laminate flooring is not very popular anymore, but is much less expensive than tile or hardwood.  Wallpaper, which is coming back in style, is more expensive than painting.  One item at a time the price may not fluctuate by more than a couple thousand dollars, but if you are on a tight budget, each item adds up quickly.

Decide how elaborate of a space you want

Are you considering the cost to build an addition for vehicle storage?  Well, you can have an attached garage or detached.  You may want to have the garage finished or completely decked out “man-cave” style.  Some homeowners, like a customer we had in Escondido, who want a garage but do not fully enclose it.  Another San Diego resident had us add a laundry room in their attached garage addition.  An unfinished floor versus epoxy coating can be a swing of a few thousand dollars.  Adding shelving versus not adding any shelves can be a swing of $1,000 up to $10,000.

Decide how big your addition will be

Additionally, no matter what type of addition you build, the cost to build an addition will largely be determined by the size of the new space.   A lot of homeowners will ask for a price per square foot so they can try to do the math to figure out how much it will cost to build their addition.  This is a flawed way to figure out a price for a remodel and not something a contractor should do sight-unseen.

So how much will it cost to build an addition?

I still have not answered the question, how much does it cost to build an addition, have I?  I am hoping that if you read everything that was written above that you have realized by now that a contractor could not possibly tell you what an average addition costs without having much more detail about what you are trying to accomplish.  The best possible way you can get an estimate is to speak with a home addition builder directly to determine what price ranges you would be looking at for your addition project.  If you are looking to speak with room addition contractors in San Diego, call us at 858-224-7373!

 

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Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Small bathrooms don’t have to feel cramped and stuffy. With a careful selection of colors, materials and bathroom fixtures, your small bathroom will not only look but also feel a lot more spacious. What’s more, with a small-scale budget bathroom remodel, you can get the result you want without burning a hole in your pocket. Check out our big ideas for small bathrooms.

Wall-Mount Faucets

Homeowners often choose to mount the faucet on the wall even if their bathroom isn’t small. Do you know why? Because wall-mount faucets are not only space savers, but also very much in vogue. They usually go with a narrower sink, and the combination guarantees your bathroom will feel more spacious. It’s especially popular to combine a wall-mount faucet with a vessel sink for a modern look.

Sleek Sinks

Freestanding Sink - Bathroom Remodel Temecula

Choosing a space-efficient sink is paramount for making a small bathroom feel bigger. Pedestal sinks offer a long lasting appeal so you can’t possibly go wrong if you choose them. Apart from the traditionally oblong ones, rectangular pedestal sinks are gaining more and more popularity.

Wall-hung (or freestanding) sinks are another space-saving option. They are basically pedestal sinks only without the pedestal. These sinks look particularly sleek and contemporary. They also provide ample space underneath for moving around without bumping into anything.

Corner sinks are also a popular choice for extremely small bathrooms.

Floating Vanities

Floating Vanity- Bathroom Remodel Temecula

We’ve come to realize that the best way to maximize the potential of a small bathroom is to move the fixtures and vanities up. We saw the trick works great with sinks, so why wouldn’t it work with vanities? Make the vanities float and you’ll get more space (and fewer bruises!), without compromising the storage space.

Smart Showers

We all dream of a luxury spa-like bathroom with soaker tubs we can just plunge into and enjoy a lavish bubble bath. Even if the size of your bathroom makes this impossible, it doesn’t mean you have to go with a run-of-the-mill shower. Modern walk-in showers come with a range of features that guarantee some bathroom fun time, but also save space. Get rid of the shower door and go for a glass panel instead and your bathroom will feel larger, not to mention look more attractive.

What’s more, there are specially designed steam showers that can fit even small bathrooms. With a 3 feet x 3 feet steam shower, it’s entirely possible to enjoy the revitalizing effects of steam in your very own tiny bathroom. You know what they say – good things come in small packages.

Space-Expanding Colors & Patterns

With a small bathroom, you simply can’t leave anything to chance. You may have loved a set of intricate-pattern tiles you saw on Houzz, but they will only make your bathroom feel more cramped. Go for either large-scale or monochromatic patterns and combine them with bright colors that will open up your bathroom and give it a sense of freshness.

Statement Mirrors

It’s often the simplest tricks that have the strongest effect. The same goes for mirrors. Mirrors play a wonderful trick on our eyes, and suddenly any room, however small, feels more spacious. Install a grand mirror in your bathroom and you’ll see how your bathroom will instantly feel double its actual size. It’s all about the feeling, right?

Want to do a bathroom remodel in Temecula?

If you wish to remodel your bathroom in Temecula or build a new one from scratch, Classic Home Improvements is the place to go. A full-service contractor with years of experience and nothing but favorable reviews from satisfied customers, CHI proudly offers its bathroom remodel Temecula service.

Consult our product selection coordinator about the best fixtures and fittings for your bathroom. Our award-winning design team is creative and compassionate and has only one goal in mind – to make your vision come to life. Call us today at (858) 224-7373!

 

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Should I tell my contractor my budget?

When you are meeting with contractors to get estimates for a remodeling project, most representatives will ask for your budget range.  If you have ever asked yourself if you should provide your contractor with a remodel budget, the answer is YES.  Remodeling contractors ask you for your budget for several reasons, all which are meant to help you.

Some homeowners will invite contractors out to their home to provide an estimate on a remodel and they have no idea what their budget is.  Or at least …. that is what they tell the contractor.  The truth is, if you are planning a remodel – you have some sort of idea what you want to invest in the space.  Even if you do not know how much the project will cost, you know what you are willing to spend – or rather, what you are not willing to exceed.  That is the number you need to share with your contractor.

Contractors can walk into your home, discuss all your dreams for your remodel and come up with a price for you without knowing what your budget number is, that is true.  Many times when remodeling contractors do that, they are giving you exactly what you want design-wise, but the price is outside of what you intend to spend.  This means you think (a) the contractor is over-priced and out of their mind or (b) you give up because you think you can’t afford to do you project.  Neither of those scenarios are true.

Here is what homeowners typically do not understand:  your remodeling contractor can help you reach your design goals within your budget if they understand what your budget is.  Some people might fire back and say “well, my contractor is just going to make the price whatever I say my budget is, so I am not going to tell him.”  That’s not entirely accurate.  This is what your remodeling contractor is going to do with your budget information……he is going to work with your dream design and adjust the scope of work and re-design to make the remodel work within your budget.

If you ever planned a wedding or a big party, it is kind of the same thing as remodeling, but on a different scale.  You know you do not want to exceed $20,000 on the wedding but you have grandiose plans to have the bride approach in a horse and carriage, you will have a beautiful venue with swans and release doves at the end of the ceremony.  You want a live band and flowers on every table.  Since you know your “not to exceed” number is $20,000 you start prioritizing you what have to have so you can stay within your budget.

Remodeling is very similar.  You want to open up your dining room wall to create an open concept kitchen, add a kitchen island and move your range to sit in your island.  Your ceiling seems low so you want to raise the lid and add canned lights.  You found a pot filler that you just have to have.  Then you get your price of $100,000.  OUCH.  Time to make some adjustments.

If you were to provide your contractor with your remodeling budget, or the number you are not willing to exceed, then your contractor can navigate for you what can or cannot be done within your budget.  Contractors can help you to prioritize wants so you can get a dream kitchen without breaking the bank.  In the situation above, your contractor may steer you away from moving the range because it means relocating the gas which may significantly impact the budget.  Or he might suggest enlarging your kitchen window versus raising the ceiling.  Your contractor has been in literally hundreds of homes and has options for you that you haven’t even considered.

A reputable remodeling contractor is going to want to know what your budget is so he can guide you towards getting the biggest bang for your buck.  If you are asked for your budget, be forthright with your contractor.  If this is the team you are going to have in your home for weeks (or months, if it is a large remodel), it is important to be transparent so you are given advise that meets your goals both financially and aesthetically.

 

 

 

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8 Bathroom Accessories You Have To Have

When starting your bathroom remodel, take the time to think of all the possibilities of the accessories that can go into your remodel.  Now is the time to add the accessories you have always wanted to have.  Not quite sure what options are trending right now?    Here are a few items we consider to be “must have” accessories for your new bathroom.

Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are not just for kitchens anymore, they are headed to the bathroom.  Pendant lights look great above a vanity and come in numerous colors, shapes, sizes, styles and textures.  Bring your theme to life and add a unique flair to the design by adding these lights.

Chandeliers

Now, typically when you think of chandeliers you picture them in a beautiful dining room above a gorgeous table.  Well think again!  Chandeliers are making their way to the bathroom above bathrooms and vanities.  Chandeliers come in various shapes, sizes, and materials.  Small glass chandeliers look amazing above a vanity, it can give the room an old world charm especially if you have a vintage feel to your bathroom remodel.  Chandeliers come in modern and non-traditional shapes and can work with many bathroom designs.

Light up Mirrors

Mirrors can be a unique decorative aspect that go into your bathroom design.  Now mirrors are taking it up a notch by being lit.  Light up mirrors are coming out in various shapes and sizes. Light up mirrors give off enough light without needing clunky sconces nearby and once they are turned off they look like a regular mirror. Light up mirrors are perfect for a nice clean design and the light is perfect for personal prepping and makeup application!

Towel Warmers

towel-warmers

Imagine getting out of a nice shower and you grab your towel and it’s nice and warm and snuggly.  Towel warmers are one of those items in a bathroom remodel you may not find necessary but if you are after that “spa feeling” we encourage you to include a towel warmer in your new space.   You will never have to wrap yourself around a cold towel again.

Storage Drawers

Manufacturers of cabinetry are getting creative with the vanity cabinet and storage solutions. They have added drawers which have special compartments for hair dryers, brushes, tooth brushes and makeup.  These unique drawers have already been seen in bathroom remodels and our feeling is that this trend will continue to grow.

 Bluetooth Showerhead

White Modern Bathroom - Bathroom Designer Poway CA

Bluetooth technology is starting to sweep the nation and is starting to get more integrated into our everyday products. There are now Bluetooth shower heads that you can connect to your phone so you can shower with your favorite music.  What a great way to start your day!

Vessel sinks

Unique Bathroom Vessel Sink - Bathroom Designers Poway CA

Vessel sinks give your bathroom a regal feel to it.  Vessel sinks come in all shapes, sizes or colors so if you have a specific theme in mind, there will be a vessel sink to accommodate your ideas.

Heated Floors

heated-floor

Have a tile floor and hate stepping on the cold floor after a nice shower?  That problem can be solved instantly.  Heated floors are a wonderful way to heat up your tile floor so you will never have to step on a cold tile again.  This is a perfect accessory for wintertime and its a luxury when you are stepping out of a relaxing bath or shower.

We know that themes and products can truly make a space unique so we hope some of these ideas land in your spa bathroom remodel.

 

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How do Remodel Loans Work

We have seen an increase in customers who are researching remodeling their whole house or building an addition versus selling and relocating.  These homeowners generally meet with a realtor to determine how much they think they can get for their property, research the local market for housing inventory, and then speak with a contractor to determine how much it would cost to renovate their home.  We believe we can thank HGTV’s “Love it or List it” television program for the recent surge in inquiries.

The folks who decide they want to stay and renovate inevitably ask “how do remodel loans work?”.  For that reason, we are offering you some information on the different types of remodel loans and who offers them.

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

The amount you are approved for is directly related to the amount of equity you have in your home (how much of the property you own).  The amount you own is equal to the difference between the fair market value of the home and the principle balance of all mortgage loans, which means an appraisal will need to take place to determine how much equity you can pull out.   Find out more about HELOC loans!

Home Renovation Loan

For these types of loans, homeowners are allowed to borrow money determined by what the home’s value will be after the renovation is completed.  For these types of loans, the home needs to be owner-occupied, and it must be your primary residence.  In most situations you can be approved with as low as a 620 credit score.

Learn more about Home Renovation Mortgage Loans!

Same as Cash Loans

These loans are offered by various lenders and the term lengths run from 3 months to 18 months, generally speaking.  Most lenders have a maximum lending amount (Typically $30,000 – $50,000 depending on the lender.)  They also have minimums lending amounts, which we have seen as low as $1,000.

Reduced Interest Loans

The interest rates vary as much as the terms, we have seen them anywhere from 2.99% up to 6.99% with term lengths ranging from 5 years to 12 years.  Most lenders have a maximum lending amount (Typically $30,000 – $50,000 depending on the lender.)  They also have minimums lending amounts, which we have seen as low as $1,000.

Zero Interest Loans

We have seen these loans range from 12 months all the way up to 84 months depending on the lender.  Most lenders have a maximum lending amount (Typically $30,000 – $50,000 depending on the lender.)  They also have minimums lending amounts, which we have seen as low as $1,000.

Hero Program

As a government-funded program, we never know how long this program will last.  Contractors who offer Hero financing must be pre-approved contractors.

HERO is a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program that provides financing for energy-efficient and renewable energy products. In the state of California, HERO provides these same financing options for water-saving and drought-resistant products.

Learn more about Hero Program Financing!

Classic Home Improvements offers each of the above financing options.  

There are many contracting companies who have partnerships with lending and mortgage companies so be sure to ask what their home renovation financing options are.  Each contractor will have detailed information about the financing options they have available to offer you.  Due to the many different lenders, each contracting company may have a variety of different options for you to review.  In addition, many contractors offer multiple financing solutions which means you can combine two or more lending options to meet your needs.

 

 

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